Waterford man’s stunning tribute to slain police officer

Michelle Clancy reports

Master craftsman Sean Egan, who is America-bound once more this April.

Master craftsman Sean Egan, who is America-bound once more this April.

Gifted Waterford engraver Sean Egan will travel to the US in April to present his stunning tribute to a police officer shot dead by the Boston bomber to his colleagues.
Sean Collier, a 26-year-old police officer with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police department, was sitting in a car on the university campus when he was shot by Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in 2013. The murder occurred three days after the terrorist attack at the scene of the Boston Marathon bombing, where three died dead and around 260 injured. Another police officer later died from his injuries.
Sean, a Master Engraver with Waterford Crystal for 35 years who now operates his own freelance crystal engraver company at the Medieval Museum, was selected to create a tribute to Mr Collier’s life by Ralph and Rose Ingegneri of the 2013 Boston Marathon tribute memorial group, which raises funds to honour victims of the bombings.
The Ingegneri’s first met the craftsman when they visited Waterford on a trip celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. “A local taxi driver had them in his car and started telling them about my work on a piece to commemorate 9/11, which was donated to the New York Fire Department. He brought them down to see me and coincidentally I was working on a piece to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. We got chatting that day and we’ve been friends since.”
The stunning Boston piece consists of four crystal panels featuring etchings of Collier, his badge and number, the MIT dome, and a flag and eagle. It took Sean the entire month of January to complete, with 60 hours going into the portrait alone.
He’ll travel to Boston with the piece in April to present his work to Collier’s colleagues at MIT, after which it will go on display at the campus police station.
“There’ll be a few of us from Waterford going, including my wife Carol. My sister Yvonne, who lives in New York, will also travel to meet us. We’ll be the first to lay a wreath at the site, which is a great honour for me.”
Such has been the popularity of Egan’s work with the memorial group that he’s now been commissioned to create another crystal sculpture to commemorate Boston bomber victims Martin Richard, Lu Lingzi and Krystal Campbell, who were eight, 23 and 29 respectively when they were killed. He’s due to start work on this in March.

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